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Tortoises in controversial US art exhibit removed

August 26, 2014

ASPEN, Colorado (AP) — Three tortoises wearing iPads for a controversial art exhibit have been removed at a veterinarian’s request because of wet and cool weather in Aspen, Colorado.

The tortoises at the Aspen Art Museum were taken to an undisclosed conservation site on Monday, less than three weeks after the exhibit opened. The Aspen Art Museum says the conservation site will be the permanent home for the African sulcata tortoises.

The Aspen Times reports (http://bit.ly/VLIsJO ) that the museum insists the removal was not a response to backlash against the art installation. The tortoises each had two iPads affixed to their shells with a silicone epoxy, and more than 18,000 people signed a petition opposing the installation.

Though the tortoises have been removed, the exhibit will remain in Aspen through Oct. 5.


Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/

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